Rotary Club of Kingston thanks community after successful inaugural Oktoberfest

The inaugural Rotary Oktoberfest took place on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at Robinson Community Garden. Photo via Rotary Club of Kingston.

The Rotary Club of Kingston announced that the first annual Rotary Oktoberfest, which took place on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at Robinson Community Garden was a huge success.

“The day was simply fantastic! The amazing weather — lots of sun and temperatures reaching 18C — definitely helped ensure that everyone had a great time,” the club said in a media release. “$20,000 was raised from the event, which is without question a great achievement for the inaugural event. The vibe was electric, yet relaxed, and it was obvious that everyone was having a great time.”

A concert featuring Courtney Kane & The Abrams was just one of the highlights of this family-friendly fall event, which included tasty food, craft beers, children’s activities, horse & carriage rides, and even one of Kingston’s Tour Trolleys. The club shared that Pig & Olive provided BBQ treats, MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company & Spearhead Brewing Company were on site offering their tastiest beers (which all sold out), and Old Son’s Distillery offered curated whiskey cocktails.

“Easter Seals provided popcorn and other tasty treats to the attendees, and provided information to the community about their wonderful organization, which was founded by Rotary 100 years ago,” the club stated.

According to the release, Robinson Community Garden has been supporting the community with fresh, healthy produce for 11 years; this year is the garden’s ‘Year of Hope.’ In 2022, Robinson Community Garden provided harvested produce to Easter Seals families and, with the hard work and help of The Rotary Club of Kingston and Easter Seals, the garden continues to grow.

All proceeds for the 2022 Rotary Octoberfest will support Rotary initiatives, according to the release. For 101 years, Rotarians in Kingston have worked together to help identify community needs and spring into action through hands-on service projects, volunteering on local boards, and/or providing funding for specific projects and programs that truly make a difference.

For more information, visit the Robinson Community Garden website, the Rotary Club of Kingston website, or the Easter Seals website.

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